I did once upon a time own a disc via a promo. It was for “Stargate.” I wasn’t into it because if I remember it sounded like atmospheric classical music that was boring. Like I said, I don’t remember. Well, this shows up on my doorstep and I am obviously going to take a look. I did see a video for “Parasite God” on one of my DVD comps and did like it, but wasn’t quite sure what to expect. There’s only one way to find out, right? The concert starts out with an unnecessary almost four minute intro that is nothing more than build up for the main attraction.
A dark stage with blue lights are exposed as well as fans screaming and whistling awaiting their hero to arrive. Soon enough, “Broken Skin” starts off the night with rough and rugged riffs, programmed sounds and drums. MORTIIS complete in make up takes to the crowd by shaking his head and having his dreadlocks swirl around while he screams in anger his songs to the faithful. It’s an ok song, but it broken up too much with massive contrast between being hard and heavy and slow. Inserted between songs are small backstage shenanigans and junk. It’s not too obnoxious though because they last just under a minute give or take. The first half of the concert is filled with mid-paced songs that contain plenty of atmospheric vibes along with a semi Goth touch as well as the Industrial sound. “Gibber” is full on energy packed that never lets up for a moment, but it’s with “Decadent And Desperate” where things really pick up. This has to be my fav song on the set list next to “Parasite God” meshed with its combination of MINISTRY hard driven riffs and the New Wave Pop sound of NEW ORDER.
The one thing that I will say about MORTIIS is that he sings with conviction and he has a stage presence that won’t soon be forgotten. Even though all the songs don’t tickle my fancy, they are memorable enough because they are catchy and fun to dig your senses into. Attached to the concert on here is a U.K T.V. ad for “The Grudge”. There is also an EPK promoting the new release as well. A photo gallery is slapped on here, but is broken into three eras detailing the many changes of the man’s career and look. The two best things on here are the four videos included and the thirty minute interview. I like the vids because it looks like that there was an effort put into making them look decent. They look like there was some money spent on them so they don’t come off as low budget and cheesy. The interview is the best because MORTIIS is unmasked and he is very honest about the answers that he gives. Your questions are all answered on here from the story of the mask to how to get backstage, what is touring like, the fans, recording songs and more. He comes off as very likable and genuine. I may have never followed his career or paid attention to what he put out, but after reviewing this DVD that might change. This is compelling stuff. A guilty pleasure if you will.
(Online December 13, 2006)